“Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection.” – Brene Brown
Sympathy is feeling “sorry” for someone. And although these intentions often come from a good place, it actually further isolates the individual. It creates a deeper divide.
Empathy, on the other hand, is free of judgement. It’s being an sincere listener, present for the individual in relation… but not “diagnosis”. Instead of being there to fix you, it’s being there with you.
Rarely can a response make something better. What can make something better, is connection.